Wednesday, March 31, 2010

UnniAppam -Small Ricecake

Dear Friends,you know this is my 50th post. I am so happy because i got a good chance to share some of my cooking experiences with you through this blogging and also i got so many culinary ideas from my fellow bloggers..And i am sure i reached upto this 50th post not only because of my efforts but also the support i got from my fellow bloggers and readers.I am thankful to each and everyone who came here and spent their valuable time to read and leave their comments on each post.
Another good news is that my fellow blogger Nithu added me in her latest guest post.If you have time pls visit here
http://www.nithubala.com/2010/03/guest-post-4-todays-guest-prani.html
Today i am going to celebrate my 50th post by sharing with you something special. It is a Kerala's favorite snack: "Unniappam". Unni in malayalam means small..So it means small appam (ricecake)..
When we moved to US, i couldn't prepare this snack because I didn't bring that mould (appa-chatty). Yes, we need a special mould for preparing this dish ..I was searching for something similar to appa-chatty here in different shops but i didn't get one. One day I happened to see an ad on TV about Pan-Cake Puff maker. I realized that I can use that one  for preparing Unniappam  ..Finally i got that from Target. This pancake puff maker is exact same as our traditional appam chatti.
I always remember  Sabarimala, vinayaka temple, our festivals like onam and celebrations like wedding while  preparing these kind of snacks..In my school days these were our favorites evening snacks: Unniappam, neyyappam, achappm and PazhamPori...My husband is a big fan of these snacks. Having this kind of snacks is really enjoyable.
cooking time: 30 minutes
Ingredients
kerala kuthari Rice or Rosematta rice: 2 cup
Jaggery: 1 cup
Coconut slices: 5 piece
Ghee: 2 tbsp
Cardamom: 4 nos
Baking powder: 1/4 tsp
Ripe banana: 3 nos
Oil: 5 tbsp
The utensil used 
Unniappam maker(Here i used the Pancake Puff maker)
Preparation

  1. Soak the rice 4-5 hours
  2. Cut the coconut slices into small pieces and fry them into the ghee until get nice brown color
  3. Make a nice powder of the cardamom
  4. Coarse grind the soaked rice ..(add very less amount of water while grinding)
  5. add the jaggery and ripe banana(cut them into small pieces) into the rice mix.and  grind them and make a nice batter.
  6. Add the cardamom powder and coconut pieces into the batter and mix  well
  7. Heat the appa-chatty(PanCake Puff Maker) ,once it get heated add the oil into each well in the mould.
  8. pour the batter into each well and let it fry .. 
  9. once the sides are getting to come out, flip them into other side and fry until nice brown color


  •  Take one by one unniappam from the maker (use a stick)
  •  Place them into a kitchen towel so that u can remove the excess oil from them.
The delicious unniappam is ready to serve..have it with hot tea..
While cooking we may confuse:
About the consistency of the batter.
       The consistency of the batter should be same as the idli batter..While grinding the rice do not add excess water..Once u add the jaggery into the rice mix, it will get loosen,while adding the banana the batter will be come into the right consistency..If u feel the batter is too loose then just add some more rice flour(heat the rice flour before adding)
How much batter should be adding into the appam maker
        Fill wells 3/4 full with batter..otherwise once it get fried it will puff up  and the exact shape won't come.
When to change the side
       While frying u can see the batter is coming out from the well that time using a stick just flip it .
Cook's tip
  • If you use Kerala kuthari/Rosematta rice gives more taste.
  • If you are not adding baking powder,make the batter and keep it for 4-5 hours(for fermentation).then only prepare the unniappam otherwise it won't puff up.
  • You can also use the rice flour .It is easy because no need to soak and grind the rice.
Sending this to sunday snacks-Healthy snacks event hosted by Divya

    27 Said:

    Suhaina said...

    Suppppeeeeeeeeerrr. I love it very mus. I am going to make today evening. My mouth is watering.

    Suhaina said...

    I am very happy for you. I know you can post at least a 500 recipes in your blog. All the best dear. U r a Kidilam blogger.Keep up the good work and congrads on ur 50th post.

    PranisKitchen said...

    suhaina thanks dear..
    send us some unniappam( Post in ur blog i will take it from there)..Give all this unniyappm to your little one.
    have a nice day

    SpicyWorld said...

    hi dear looks yummy....

    Yummy Team said...

    Congrats on your 50th post Prani!!It was really nice to know more about you through Nithus guest post..and lovely unniappams..Nice click!

    Silence Sings said...

    Congrats on ur 50th post....
    i am not so fond of rice cakes but urs dish look very tempting....nice to know about u from nithu's blog....

    Priya said...

    Fantastic unniappam, thanks for sharing..just love it..

    SathyaSridhar said...

    Unni Appam looks perfect n delicious sweet recipe,,my fav one like it very much,,

    Aruna Manikandan said...

    Congratulations on ur 50th post dear...
    Unniappam looks delicious and very tempting

    Meena said...

    lovely unniappam, indeed...beautiful recipes here...will be back to check out...

    Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

    Congratulations on your 50 posts. Looking forward more nice works from you.

    J said...

    feel like taking it from screen.. lovely recipe..inviting picture

    Tina said...

    Dear..thanks a lot for ur mail...Late aya kandathuttooooo...Uniyappam super..Ingottu orennam erinjekku..

    Ms.Chitchat said...

    Best wishes on ur 50th post. Loved the perfectly cooked unniyappams.

    Uma said...

    Congrats PranisKitchen on your successful 50th post! and also on your guest post dear. May you have many more such lovely posts and awards.

    I dont know what kuthari rice.. i'll find it and definitely try this tempting treat.

    Sarah Naveen said...

    Adipoli....nalla unnikuttan unniyappam...looks so delicious..

    PranisKitchen said...

    spicyworld,yummy team,silence sings ,priya,sathya,aruna,meena,sonia,j,tina,Chitchat,uma,sarah thanks a lot for the comments dear..
    Uma, for the details of the rice pls visit here ( i have updated the info in the post)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosematta_rice

    Uma said...

    Thats so sweet of you to do that for me.

    Vrinda said...

    My all time fav,looks mouthwatering..

    Panchpakwan said...

    Congarts on 50th post..Dish looks yummy..
    It was nice to know abt you more in neetu's blog.

    PranisKitchen said...

    vrinda panchpakwan
    thanks for the comments dear
    Uma now u got it right..let me know once u prepare this

    nisha said...

    Haa your unniappam looks scrumptious. Want to grab one and eat :)

    Krishnaveni said...

    looks colourful and delicious. Interesting blog with excellent recipes. Happy to follow you......

    Akal's Saappadu said...

    unniappam looks delicious dear; I don't have the aapp chatty to do it :(

    congratulations for those 50 delicious posts & happy blogging!! cheers!!!

    shahana said...

    Unniappam kaanichu kothipikallai kuttiyai!

    Pete said...

    Congrats on your 50th post. Looking great!
    Nice appam....agree good with a cup of tea!

    Added your link to my blogroll. Cheers!

    Akshay said...

    Thanks for providing recipe. Its amazing. Onam recipes are also there in indianrecipes.co.in

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